I was disappointed after a lively start, and with a very good cast, that I could understand maybe two-thirds of the snappy dialog in this character driven drama/comedy. Pat O'Brien (http://www.archive.org/details/TheFrontPage1931AdolpheMenjouPatOBrienLewismiles"
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), playing the lead as a crusading attorney, was always a soft spoken, fast talking actor, but I had trouble understanding even his business partner, Broderick Crawford, among others. Maybe it's just me.
The movie stayed lively throughout. It had to. It's an off-the-shelf corruption story with a murder mystery plot serviced mostly by light comic scenes until the final act.
Ruth Terry was fine as the nightclub singer/pest/love interest, but there was no spark between her and O'Brien. Eve Arden (http://www.archive.org/details/ThatUncertainFeeling"
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) was good, as usual, here as O'Brien's sharp-tongued secretary. I wish her part had been bigger. Edward Arnold (http://www.archive.org/details/EYES.IN.THE.NIGHT"
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), Douglas Fowley (http://www.archive.org/details/ExpiredArsonInc."
), and Douglass Dumbrille did well in their roles. Willie Best (http://www.archive.org/details/Dangerous_Money"
) had a small, less racist and humiliating comic part.
I downloaded the 1.1GB MPEG2 file. Video and audio quality were fine.